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This course will serve as an overview to research methods typically used in educational
research. It will familiarize students with a range of research methods which will allow students
to be critical consumers of research and apply appropriate methods to examine a range of research
questions. Students will learn to design research proposals, conduct a literature review, examine
a variety of research methods, and learn procedures for securing research ethics approval.
After successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
- Identify the characteristics of qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-methods research designs
- Critically examine the theoretical frameworks and research methods used by others
- Synthesize literature to answer a research question
- Describe qualitative and quantitative data gathering tools
- Describe qualitative and quantitative data processing tools
- Identify and define a research topic of interest
- Define, position, and justify a research problem of relevance to your field of interest
- Design clear research questions
- Identify and apply appropriate research methods to answer different research questions
- Effectively conduct a review of theoretical and empirical research literature
- Critically examine ethical issues in research with humans
- Describe the procedures for securing ethics approval
EDUC 5011 includes the following eleven modules:
- Module 1: Fundamentals of educational research
- Module 2: Research approaches in education: From an area of interest to a research
- Module 3: Specifying a purpose and research questions
- Module 4: Ethical considerations in applied research
- Module 5: The literature review: Developing an argument based on research
- Module 6: Critiquing and synthesizing the literature
- Module 7: Writing the literature review and refining your questions
- Module 8: Qualitative Research Designs
- Module 9: Processing, Interpreting, and Reporting Qualitative Data
- Module 10: An Introduction to Quantitative and Mixed-Methods Research and Basic
- Module 11: Survey Designs
Required text and materials
Online MEd students are responsible for sourcing and/or ordering their own books. Please see
the list of required textbooks here: https://www.tru.ca/distance/courses/MEd_Textbook_List.pdf
You may be able to order the text through the TRU Bookstore at http://thebookstore.tru.ca. Please note, if you choose to
source your own textbooks, publishers may offer several package options that include additional
resource material not required in your course. You may choose to purchase any package as long
as it includes the correct author, title and edition listed for your course.
If you have any questions about obtaining the correct textbook, please contact
OLMaterials@tru.ca. They will be happy to assist you.
To successfully complete this course, you must achieve a passing grade of 70% or higher on the
overall course and 50% or higher on the mandatory Final Project. The following table illustrates
how your final grade will be determined for this course.
All written assignments for the course should be written using APA style and excellent writing
is expected. All course assignments must be submitted at the times established unless prior
approval of the Open Learning Faculty Member is granted.
|Assignment 1: Social Autobiography
|Assignment 2: Research Interest-Rationale, Purpose, Research Questions
|Assignment 3: Ensuring Ethical Research
|Assignment 4: Literature Critique
|Assignment 5: Literature Review
|Quiz: Modules 8 to 11
|Final Project: Research Proposal (mandatory)
Open Learning Faculty Member Information
An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of the course.